Leadership at The Gathering

Jesus taught that the path to greatness is through servanthood. We believe that true leadership is a process of

giving oneself away for the good of others. Each person who serves in a leadership role at The Gathering is committed

to serving as many as possible so that they can empower God's people to do God's work. Because The Gathering

is committed to leadership through teamwork, we have several teams who work in different areas to provide

effective guidance to our church family.


Staff Team

The staff and leadership here at The Gathering are comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them. You can contact the church office: email us or by phone: 937.435.8911.

  • David Rudd  - Lead Pastor  

    David Rudd has served as lead pastor since the spring of 2013. He and his wife, Marianne, have two children (Emma and Liam) and two dogs (their names aren't as important). David's desire is for The Gathering to be a place where anyone and everyone can experience the new life Jesus offers. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, golfing and rooting for his favorite sports teams (Michigan State, Detroit Tigers/Lions/Red Wings & Liverpool Football Club).

    Contact David: david@thegatheringdayton.com

  • Steven Nuzzo - Associate Pastor  

    Steve Nuzzo has served at the Gathering since the spring of 2014. He and his wife Maria have two children. Steve grew up in the beautiful city of Tallmadge Ohio, but really loves the Dayton area. Steve is passionate about reaching those who don't know Jesus so that they can experience new life in Him. In his spare time he and his family enjoy traveling, hiking and watching movies.

    Contact Steve: steve@thegatheringdayton.com

  • Amy Nicholls - Director of Worship  

    Married to my college sweetheart. Mother to four amazing kids who continue to delight me and challenge me to learn, grow and strive to become who God is calling me to be. Grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Montana. Studied music, art and vocal training in Vienna, Austria and performed as a professional vocalist with the United States Air Force bands. Devoted follower of Christ who longs for others to know Him personally!

    Contact Amy: amy@thegatheringdayton.com

  • Kelly Reser - Administrator for Childrens Ministry

    Kelly has enjoyed serving the kids and families of The Gathering since 2012. She is blessed to have her wonderful husband, Allen, serving with her. They have two awesome sons, Anthony and Jonathan. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys spending time taking walks, sitting around the fire pit (with s'mores, of course), and watching movies with family and friends. Kelly's desire is for the children of The Gathering to know Jesus as their "forever friend" and begin the journey of living out their faith by loving and serving others. 

    Contact Kelly: kelly@thegatheringdayton.com

  • Carolyn Marshall - Connections Coordinator

    Carolyn has been part of The Gathering and on staff since it began in November, 2006. She resides in Bellbrook and is a widow who has a married daughter and three grandkids. She values being part of two LIFEgroups and participates in The Gathering Girlfriends' activities - highly recommends both! Carolyn also volunteers for the Victoria Theatre Association in downtown Dayton. She enjoys traveling, reading, doing crafts and especially spending time with family and friends.

    Contact Carolyn: carolyn@thegatheringdayton.com